by Stephanie Watson
Published on 21 June 2012
Most small business owners not only want, but absolutely need to save both time and money. There is no better way to save both time and money than by strategic use of cloud business applications.
Cloud applications are apps that do not require you to download software on your computer, that you can access from any computer, sometimes using multiple types of devices.
Today, everything from customer support apps, to bookkeeping apps, to complete project management systems can be accessed via cloud apps. You can even build your entire website, and business, online using cloud-based software applications.
Here Are A Few Tips To Help You Save** Time And Money By Using Cloud Apps**
It's imperative that you do your due diligence and check out the company that has created the application. Make sure they are reputable, ensure that they have proper security measures in place, and while using a start up can work out great, give it a lot of thought before you do. As examples, you can check the number of customers they have, their Alexa rank, their social media presence on Twitter or FaceBook or their presence on general search engines.
During your research read trusted reviews about any type of cloud-based application you want to implement for your small business. Reviews should give you the ins and outs, plus the good and bad of the program and not sound like the program is perfect. A perfect application is very rare. Even software you love, has issues, or needs additions.
If you have friends who own small businesses ask them what they use. Most people will be happy to share with you any product they love, and they're also more than happy to tell you about products they tried but failed.
Once you've picked a cloud based application try it out before buying. Most offer a free version to try, and if they don't, the company will sometimes offer a money back guarantee. If not, write them and ask them for a trail. Most will allow it and understand that you need to ensure that you can use it before you buy it.
Most of the time using a cloud based application will save a small business money, but there are occasions where they don't. Create a spreadsheet with the real costs, and don't forget to add in the cost of IT assistance if something goes wrong. This is one of the greatest aspects of premium paid cloud based applications, most of the time you get great customer service along with lifetime free upgrades included with your small monthly fee.
Using cloud based applications to help you become more productive in your small business can save you both time, and money in not just the short term, but in the long term too.
You'll be able to calculate a return on your investment faster, and in most cases the full cost of renting the app each month is a 100 percent income deduction, whereas buying software outright often requires depreciation over the life of the product. Look at all aspects of each investment when choosing cloud based software for your small business and you're sure to come out ahead.